Selection Process

Selection Process

Applying a common-sense process to selecting your custom-built aircraft helps you decide what your requirements are and how to meet them with a manufactured aircraft.  The most important question you need to answer is “how much of this do I want or need to do?” The answer will help you decide whether you’ll build from…

Where To Look

Where To Look

Before you decided to get into flying, you probably noticed only a few planes for sale. But as you learned to fly you discovered that nearly every plane is for sale. Narrowing the field is going to be your biggest challenge. Let’s take a look at the many resources of new and used sport aircraft….

Layers of Airspace

Layers of Airspace

So let’s cover how the sky is divvied up. There are five categories of controlled airspace plus one that’s uncontrolled. The amount of control, as you can imagine, depends on how busy the airspace typically is. For example, dozens of aircraft are trying to land at any given moment at Los Angeles International or other…

Practicing Emergencies

Practicing Emergencies

It’s the rare pilot who has actually had to make an emergency landing with an aircraft. However, all good pilots are constantly thinking about “what if …” Your flight instructor will help you develop this mindset. In fact, once you’re comfortable with flying, your instructor might reach over, pull the throttle back and say something…

Light-Sport Aircraft

Light-Sport Aircraft

The airworthiness of light-sport aircraft falls under a new set of rules called consensus standards, established by the industry group American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) rather than by the FAA. It will be up to the aircraft manufacturers to follow the standards. They also will be responsible for letting aircraft owners know how…

Ongoing Costs

Ongoing Costs

Ongoing costs are those that continue whether you fly or not. They include plane storage (hangar or tie-down rent), insurance, and time-based inspections called annuals. The one you have the most control over is plane storage. If you have more than one airport nearby, shop around for the lowest hangar rent. Or you can opt…

Cross-Wind Landings

Cross-Wind Landings

Landings are never boring. They require your undivided attention as you transition your vehicle from an air- to a land-craft. Fortunately, they also can be fun because you face a variety of challenges to your skills. They can — and should — be relaxed, but they won’t be boring. Advanced landing maneuvers are similar to…

Flying Light-Sport Aircraft

Flying Light-Sport Aircraft

In 2004, the lackluster sales of private aircraft was boosted by the introduction of a new type of pleasure planes: Light-Sport Aircraft. It was part of the new Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft (SP/LSA) rules from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Eight years later, more than 80 aircraft manufacturers offer 124 ASTM-certified Light-Sport Aircraft models…